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Monday, July 21, 2003

Weekend Round-Up

Black Queens

A mention in the Oregonian about the Ghanaian Women's team, the "Black Queens" and their Portland connection.

Mimi Osei-Agyemang, the Black Queens striker, who you'll remember from numerous reports at the Portland Rain site and the odd one here, is a local player and her father Simon will be acting as the team's liaison while the team trains in Portland (for more than a month before the actual finals) and plays their Group D games first in Carson, CA and then at PGE Park.

Exciting for the Ghanaian population in Oregon (estimated at about 100 (50 in Portland), so the Ghanaian mum at the Park told me yesterday!)

A reminder that tickets for the PGE Park series went on sale to the general public (or those who couldn't track down one of the myriad passwords for the pre-sale!) on Saturday. Ticketmaster now lists the seating in a more logical way, simply North, South, East and West and prices still range from $75 to $305 for the 3 days (6 games in all)

Manchester United

After sneering reports worldwide of the "12 fans and one American television reporter" who met the team at PDX on Saturday an estimated 10,000 (or 5,000 according to the Times report) watched the team train at the Nike Campus on Sunday morning as a prelude to the Manchester United Premier Cup final which has been going on all week at the Beaverton enclave.

Whatever your views on the "World's Most Famous Club" it was good to hear United legend Bobby Charlton, who was present, say...

"You can't imagine how pleased I am to come to America and find an enthusiasm that wasn't there in my day," Charlton said with relish."

The Premier Cup is the world's top U-15 tournament with teams from all over the globe competing.

The Brazilian side Corinthians beat FC Porto 2-1 to take the title, but unfortunatley for those looking for results and information from the (admittedly nice looking) associated website updating was poor.
As someone on the tournament message board pointed out, Nike can pay millions for sports stars to wear their shoes, but seemed to stumble when it came to giving someone a handheld and getting up-to-the-minute scores and updates online, a service the parents of the players all over the world whould have appreciated.

(More) Instability in Portland

More on the continuing worrying situation in this Salt Lake Tribune article about Metropolitan Sports.

More of the same about the owners of the Beavers and Timbers holding out for a MLB bailout (IF) the Rose City gets a major league baseball relocation.

Metropolitan Sports LLC also has delayed finalizing a deal to reduce a debt with a teachers' pension fund, evidently hoping that Major League Baseball chooses Portland as the new home of the Montreal Expos.
If that happened, the Beavers would leave town and the Expos would have to pay them for the territorial rights, which could help reduce the pension-fund debt. In any case, the league is disturbed at having a team so financially encumbered.
"Triple-A baseball fully anticipates being in Portland in 2004, but even that is not fully assured," PCL commissioner Branch Rickey told the newspaper. "We are fully committed to addressing all the baseball-related debt, one way or the other, but we are not willing to have a negative attachment to any of our franchises of unpaid debt. We thought we'd have it solved well before this."

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